Richard Goldson interviewed by Frank Paterson (session 2 of 2)

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Richard Goldson, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson (session 2) at the interviewer's home in York on 10 April 2018. Duration: Duration: 2 hr. 24 min. 7 sec. Post-Organising for Quality (OfQ) implementation; revenue allocation; Heathrow Express; first mentions of privatisation; 1992 election; privatisation announcement; internal change; key characters; attending high-level meeting; dissent; British Railways Board single alternative model; separate national track authority; restructuring role; economic regulation; 1993 Transport Act; John Swift; selling infrastructure maintenance units; total outsourcing; tensions between British Rail Infrastructure Services (BRIS) and Track Authority; sub-sectors managers and train operating companies(TOCs); comparing OfQ and privatisation projects; legal issues; long form report on TOCs; London and South East TOCs; ex-BR managers retained by new franchisee; working towards redundancy; Assistant Area Manager Knottingley 1970 total control; Great Western management buyout (MBO); limited information given to bidders; handover timescale; Virgin; National Express; Chairman of Eurostar audit committee; left National Express 2006-2007; unknown factor in growth and popularity of railways

One of over 150 oral history recordings made as part of the Britain’s Railways All Change (BRAC) archive project. BRAC was set-up to cover gaps in documenting the railway privatisation process in the United Kingdom, between 1994 and 1997, when the government-owned British Rail was dismantled into over 100 privately-owned companies. The interviews capture the recollections of people involved in the planning and implementation of the privatisation process, the management of change and running the railway during privatisation.


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Britain’s Railways All Change (BRAC) oral history archive, created in partnership with the Friends of the National Railway Museum, the Retired Railway Officers’ Society and the National Railway Museum.